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Visual Vacay

BY Alice Cisternino | September 24, 2018 | Feature Features

DC's lineup of international art exhibitions lets us see the world without leaving home. The works—made in diverse media, across different times and cultures—underscore travel's ability to inspire.
Nils Dardel, “The Dying Dandy” (1918, Sweden, oil on canvas).

The Phillips Collection exhibition curator Klaus Ottmann traveled the Nordic region widely and was impressed by the creative diversity he encountered. The resulting Nordic Impressions: Art From Alan, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, 1821-2018, on display Oct. 13 through Jan. 13, offers a fascinating window into Northern European art. Spanning nearly 200 years, it includes historic works by Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Helene Schjerfbeck, alongside those of contemporary stars Olafur Eliasson, who had a 2008 retrospective at MOMA, and Ragnar Kjartansson, whose 2016 solo show at the Hirshhorn garnered critical acclaim. The program includes landscapes and portraits, as well as abstract and conceptual works. What bridges the gap from one piece to the next? “They are tied together by an innate passion for nature,” says Ottmann. Tickets $12, memberships $60-$2,000, 1600 21st St. NW

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